Author: Janine Moore

A Derwent Dam Circular Walk in the Peak District

The Peak District for me is a constant love and magnet that is fascinating and rugged in any season, I’ve enjoyed walking in Derbyshire for most of my life and spent many happy times here with my family for well over 28 years, whether going the distance or a gentle stroll, it is all an adventure and always fun. The Derwent dam circular was again one of those memorable family days strolling along the shore of Ladybower reservoir in the Derbyshire Peak district. A short intro and a little history of the Derwent Dams; first and foremost known for its part in developing the bouncing bomb used during the second world war, the pilots of 617 Squadron used the Derwent dams to practice low level flights...

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Calke Abbey Ancient Parkland Walks Through the Seasons

My family and I love to return to Calke Abbey in Ticknall, time and time again, we seem to find ourselves discovering more trails to walk each time and uncovering more of its secrets on every visit. The house is wonderful, in fact, my favourite stately home simply because of its quirky eccentricities which show through the reclusive, quirky character of the Harpur-Crewe family.  Sir Vauncey Harpur-Crewe 10th Baronet especially so, he was an avid collector, his main collection, among many other things and his main compulsion was with his collection of stuffed animals, of which there are hundreds! Calke Abbey in Ticknall, Derbyshire is not actually an Abbey...

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Hull Marina and A Walk Through the Cobbled Streets

On a rainy weekend and with nothing much planned, my family and I decided to drive up to Kingston-Upon-Hull to take a walk around the marina. We had admired the marina and the Spurn Lightship from the main road many a time before on route to some of the inspiring museums in the museums quarter and we’d always promised ourselves a visit to the marina someday. The main marina is the Humber Dock Marina which was originally known as the Humber Dock, built in 1807 and by 1844 construction began for a railway link to the dock, a branch dock, this officially opened...

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Easy Focaccia Style Bread Recipe

This Italian, focaccia inspired bread recipe is versatile and adaptable whilst at the same time easy to prepare and bake, a treat especially for those who enjoy Italian flavours. There are many regional Italian recipes and styles of focaccia bread, including garlic, chilli, herb and sweet variants. Truly a recipe to adapt to taste and occasion, use as a side dish with a meal, serve it with a light salad and cheeses or top with your choice of ingredients to serve pizza style. When you have some left over, focaccia makes amazing croutons when cut into small squares and toasted in the oven till crispy and served with a rich tomato soup. I’ve used...

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Roast Lamb Shank Recipe – In a Red Wine Sauce

Roast lamb shank in a red wine sauce, tender and cooked to perfection, a delicious twist on a Sunday roast or a romantic dinner for two.  A simple recipe and best pre-prepared the evening before to tenderize the meat but can be cooked the same day. I like to serve with a mustard mash and steamed curly kale or with some mini roast potatoes. I’ve heard say that when cooking with wine it’s best to use a good wine you would normally enjoy drinking and not just a random table wine. This roast lamb shank recipe serves two but can be used to serve...

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Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe – Simple, Moist and Zingy

This light and moist lemon drizzle loaf cake uses basic ingredients, is easy to put together and most of all is very moreish once you’ve tasted it! This is one of my favourite classic cake slices. It has to be said that sometimes the simple pleasures are the best,  just like this simple but delightful lemon drizzle cake. Baked in a loaf tin and sliced is a wonderful addition to a coffee break or a tea time treat. The problem for me is with temptation,  I slice it thin and savour it but it’s entirely up to you how you handle the taste sensation of all that zingy lemon flavour! Ingredients   225g caster sugar   225g softened butter or olive spread/dairy free spread   4...

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